A broad day light robbery at a Chinese store located in the Village of Cristo Rey, Corozal, has left a Chinese businessman out of more than $2,000 worth in cash and items.
The incident played out on Wednesday at around 2:30pm. According to the owner of the store, 39 year old Yan Fei Zhen, he was inside the establishment when a tall and slim male person of clear complexion, dressed in a white t-shirt and a black 3/4 jeans pants, walked into the store and took out a stout from the refrigerator. As the individual walked towards the counter, he pulled out a chrome hand gun and pointed it at Zhen’s head demanding ten thousand dollars in cash. The individual then hit Zhen twice on the left side of the face.
At that point two other male persons, wearing rags over their mouths, entered the store. Both men proceeded to assist the first individual to enter the store in the robbery by pointing another firearm at Zhen.
All three men managed to walk out of the store with $1,800 in cash, three cell phones, the monitor and the CPU for the video surveillance camera system and one laptop. The total value of items stolen is estimated at well over $2,000.
Reports are that the men ran towards the Cristo Rey Village main road and from there, rode on separate bicycles in the direction of Patchakan Village. Quick police response led to the detention of 18 year old Belizean Yasmir Monima of Port Saul Area, Corozal Town and 23 year old Keith Bennett, Belizean unemployed of Vivas Layout, Corozal Town who was caught in possession of a hand gun with empty magazine which is believed was used for the robbery.
Police also managed to retrieve 9mm Luger brand live round of ammunition near the area where the men were detained. But that’s not all. Bennett, we understand, later led police to a cane field located between Patchakan Village and Cristo Rey Village where a green sawed off shot gun, resembling a firearm with brown wooden handle was found on the ground. The shotgun was identified as one of the firearms used during the robbery.
As a result of the findings Monima, Bennett and a 16 year old minor were arrested and charged for robbery and wounding. Bennett was additionally charged for kept firearm without a gun license, kept prohibited firearm and handling stolen goods. All three men were arraigned before Magistrate Hurl Hamilton and were remanded to prison until January 9th, 2014.
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